Chillax and Goodie Jars For Adult Behavior Modification

One of the best things about being a writer and blogger is that I get to network and be inspired by other writers and their experiences. After reading my friend Stacia’s post on a system that’s working to modify her daughter’s behavior, I had an epiphany. As many of you know, my oldest child is one of those who takes the term “strong-willed” to another level. He’s a VERY bright, loving kid with tons to offer this world, but he has been a quadruple handful since he was born. Over his nine years on this Earth we have tried every single method of discipline/punishment/behavior modification under the Sun and rarely does anything ever have a lasting effect on him. Taking things away from him doesn’t work (like she said about her daughter, you could take all of her stuff and send it up in flames and she will not care), while spanking/physical punishment just enrages him and makes him act out even more. I’ve often joked saying that I’m either raising a Navy SEAL or a psychopath, in reference to his iron will and determination. There’s no getting in his head, and I’m just as strong-willed and cunning as he.…

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We All Need Mayberry ; The Relevance of The Andy Griffith Show in Today’s World

A lot of voices in the parenting world label TV as a worthless waste of time. Monitoring what our kids watch is important, but there’s no need to completely exile the talking box to the attic. Moderation remains one of my guiding principles in parenting; my kids get PLENTY of outdoor time but I believe that there ARE shows airing that are worth being seen, even if we have to go back a few years to find them. For the duration of my childhood, The Andy Griffith Show was an entertainment staple in my household; my parents were avid fans, and the hilariously relatable situations of its episodes made me laugh from a young age. Knowing that it was filmed when my parents were kids showed me that they, like Opie, had likely gone through the same things that I, many years later, was experiencing myself. Now I’m sharing this awesome show with my kids, and they love it in all its black and white glory. Just as I could see myself in Opie’s shoes, my children can, too. Even though era-specific details are present in the show (Wait, why is he putting money into that phone? Didn’t they have…

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On The Mid: Having More Kids Can Save You Money

File this under things I never thought I’d say or would be true before I had a bunch of kids, but these are all facts that I’ve found to be true. While I may wind up spending more money TOTAL because I have four children (than someone with fewer children) I know that I spend less on them individually than I would if I had fewer kids. Pop over to The Mid and see what I mean : Having More Kids Can Save You Money Also, here’s my Savin’ Money On All the Things Pinterest Board, where I pin everything I can find about saving money and living life to the fullest on a budget! Look around and see if anything jumps out at you.

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